Malware capable of filching financial data – Flubot

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When Flubot hit the UK in May, it was inevitable that it was only a matter of time before it began circulating here.

The Android-focused malware tricks users into downloading software to their phone using a fake text message claiming to be from a delivery company. Within the message was a link that directed recipients to download an app to track their delivery.

Nothing out of the ordinary for many of us who have embraced online shopping since the pandemic hit last year. But the difference between this message and the standard delivery notification was that the fake message directed users to download the app from outside the Google Play Store. The software packages, called APKs, are actually banking trojans, and the aim is to steal your financial data.

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